Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Baltimore Orioles Pitcher, Dylan Bundy, and Owasso Baseball Coach, Larry Turner, Share Their Love of Reading with Students at Northeast Elementary

When the fourth grade students at Northeast Elementary School in Owasso were asked what books they thought local celebrities and sports heroes enjoyed when they were kids, students decided to find out. Instead of contacting each celebrity individually,  the students decided to invite their heroes to be guest readers at Northeast.

Today, two men well known in Owasso baseball came to Northeast to share their love of reading. The first man up to bat was Owasso Varsity Baseball Head Coach, Larry Turner. Coach Turner discussed the importance of literacy and read The True Story of the Three Little Pigs to an adoring crowd. 

The next man up to the plate was former Owasso Ram and current Baltimore Orioles Pitcher, Dylan Bundy. Bundy shared stories from his childhood and spoke to the students about the importance of a life-long love of reading. A brave Dylan Bundy then opened the floor for questions. The question and answer session went something like this...

  • Q. How old are you? ..........................19
  • Q: What is your favorite thing about baseball? ..........Striking people out.
  • Q. Are you rich?  .............I do alright.
  • Q. Do you ever get nervous playing baseball?  ............Yes, my leg was shaking in my debut game, but I pushed through.
  • Q. Are you famous? ..............My mom thinks I'm famous.
  • Q. Hashbrowns or homefries?  ............Hashbrowns!
  • Q. How many baseballs have you signed?  .............Almost 10,000
  • Q. How long will you play baseball? ..............As long as God lets me!

After a lightning round of questions, Bundy and Coach Turner sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with the students before taking time out for photos and autographs. 

One might wonder if being voted: 2011 Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year, Baseball America High School Player of the Year, USA Today National Player of the Year, 2011 Louisville Slugger Player of the Year, 2011 National High School Coaches Association Baseball Player of the Year and the 2011 National High School Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year and being the only player to win the Gatorade State player of the year in any sport three times (2009, 2010, 2011) would go to this 19 year old major league pitcher's head, but nothing could be further from the truth. Bundy spoke about his passion for giving back to the community and encouraging young people to reach their full potential. Bundy still calls Owasso home and spends the majority of his time in Owasso during the off season. 

Teachers at Northeast Elementary hope to continue the guest reader assemblies in the future.

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